Now that winter is finally releasing its icy grip, it’s time to get outside and start getting your yard and gardens ready for spring. That’s a great idea, but stop and look up. Chances are your gutters need a little love and attention before spring showers hit. Here are a few ways to prepare them.
Check That They’re All Still Attached
Wind and the weight of snow, ice, and debris may have caused your gutters to pull away from your home. Take a moment to visually inspect them to make sure they haven’t pulled loose. If they have, you will need to get a closer look to assess any damage to your home’s siding before refastening them. If your downspouts have pulled away from each other, make sure to seal them after reconnecting them.
Clean and Remove Debris
It’s time to clean debris from your system, either by hand or by power washing. If you opt to pressure wash them, make sure to dial back the pressure to medium (1500 to 2000 psi) before directing the nozzle about 6 inches from the debris. If the debris is loose and dry, you can use a leaf blower to blow it out.
Trim Tree Branches
Tree branches that are leaning over your roof and gutters will eventually break off, and when they do, they can damage both. Trim back any overhanging branches and remove any trees or limbs that will cause damage if they fall.
Check the Eaves for Holes
While you’re on the ladder, inspect your eaves and vents for holes. Wildlife, such as squirrels, love climbing your spouts and finding access to your nice, warm attic. You may also find unwelcome pests, such as bees and wasps, starting to form nests under your roof.
Take a moment to go outside and take a look at your gutters in action the next time it rains. A closer inspection may reveal holes and cracks in corners and joints. You can fix smaller problems with a sealant. If there’s extensive damage, addressing it may require professional repair services or a complete replacement of leaking sections.
Consider a Leaf Guard
An investment in a leaf guard system will keep debris out of your system all year round. Because wet leaves will cause deterioration of your system over time, installing these guards will extend the life of your system.
Is it Time to Replace Your Gutters?
The average lifespan for these systems is around 20 years. As the system begins to fail, improperly channeled water will cause damages to your home’s siding or roofing. If you think your gutters are nearing their functional end-of-life, call the pros at PJ’s Roofing to evaluate them for you.